How to Appliqué a Heart Using the Starch Method! Featuring Kimberly Jolly and Joanna Figueroa

95 thoughts on “How to Appliqué a Heart Using the Starch Method! Featuring Kimberly Jolly and Joanna Figueroa

  • loved this video as i do ALL the fat quarter videos. i love hand applique but find only flower templates. oh well. thanks kimberly and joanna.

  • Can't wait to try it! It just so happens I have to make a few HEART blocks for our quilt guild so this is perfectly timed! 🙂

  • Great video! Only wish there were printed out instructions. I cannot remember everything she mentioned from the YouTube instruction.

  • Awesome job, ladies! I loved it. Just picked up some of the basting glue and excited to try this out. Two thumbs up, (as always!). Thanks for sharing…:)

  • This video is fantastic! Best explanation of how to use the freezer paper with a blind stitch or your machine. My first try at applique a year ago was a disaster and I have been afraid to try it since, but the way you've broken this down and explained it so well, I am ready to give it a go again. Thanks Joanna and Kimberly! I LOVE FQS!

  • Thank you Joanna! I just love the work that you and Kimberly do and what a team you two make. I'm sure wishing I was closer to TX, but PA is pretty far. I'm quite thankful for YouTube, I get to learn from you two, who otherwise I'd probably never meet.

  • Thank you for the tutorial! What is the brand of the silk thread? I can see the Aurifil thread linked in the info box, but I can't catch the brand name of the silk thread during the video, and it's not linked. Thank you!

  • Thank you for showing this, your way – 2 layers of freezer paper and the starch on the seam allowance – looks much better/easier than the glue and keep freezer paper until done, then slit one layer of fabric to remove the freezer paper template. I think I will enjoy your way, way more than my old method.  THANKS!!!

  • Awesome video!! Thanks so much for showing "how to". I did exactly how you showed and it turned out beautiful. Fat Quarter Shop and Joanna rock!! ❤️

  • Really excellent video! The answer to a challenging appliqué with which I've been struggling.
    You explained & demonstrated everything so well. THANK YOU!!

  • This method is amazing and is probably going to save my project! It includes TONS of applique and most of it is rather thin lines— many that are about 3/8" wide. I am also going to try something with this where I will fold the applique material around another piece of fabric, a home decor faux leather while I'm doing the starch step. If this works as well for me as it does for you in this video, it is going to make my project look perfect!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Excellent video… I'm not totally convinced I'll ever do this but knowledge is power, so now I know I could if I needed to! Thanks!!!

  • Thank you for the tutorial.  I have been trying needleturn and have jagged areas.  This method seems to help with that.

  • Tie the thread to needle…GENIUS! This will alleviate so much frustration from my appliqué. Thx tons, gobs, oodles!!!

  • THANK YOU very much from Stockholm / Sweden! I´ll try this method. Hope to find starch to buy. You are very good teachers! 😀

  • I love invisible needleturn hand applique and cut my teeth on Elly Sienkiewicz Baltimore Album style blocks but used the rubber cement back then. This is a better method

  • Joanna's instructions were very helpful. I started out as a hand appliquer about 35 years ago. For templates, I was taught to use Shrinky Dink. I believe the freezer paper will be better. I can't wait to try your method. Thanks again!

  • i luv this, but i learned how to needle turn as a child. i've done that for so long of a time that for me, this is more work. but—if i wasn't so experienced at needle turn, i would definitely do this. the learning curve is not so high. your tut/video was great.

  • Thank you for the refresher. I learned this technique from Pearl years ago and am just picking it up again. One thing I learned watching your video is to knot the thread at the eye of the needle. One thing I learned differently is to put just a drop of permanent glue in more risky areas, like the inner point of your heart, where there are very few threads. I use Aleen's OK to Wash-it fabric glue for this, and apply a very small amount to the area with a toothpick.

  • Thank you, Joanna. Just a bit of feedback….perhaps they should decrease your mic volume. I find myself decreasing vol on all of your videos. 😳🙂

  • I loves this. I wouldnt snip & trim the excess points. Just use your needle to carefully tuck it under while stitching. That way you wont have edges & fraying. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • I looked up the lyophilized silk thread. The lyophilization process is very interesting. Apparently lyophilized silk thread is also used in human surgery. Also the lyophilization process is also used on silk sponges which are used to regenerate human tissue.

  • When you have several pieces of applique that make a design, do you glue them on all at once before you stitch, or do you do each one before you put on another piece? Thanks for an excellent demonstration.

  • Hello may I ask you what size needle you are using? Thank you very much for this video with your silk thread or your Aurafil thread?

  • I SO prefer doing Applique on quilts and sewing projects over ordinary quilt block styles! I find quilting boring but Applique is like doing true 'art'. Thank you for all the tips!

  • Just thought I'd share that the way she tied her knot is the way my gramma taught me over 50 years ago!!! I loved it, I've never seen anyone else do it that way until today!! Loved the video and believe after watching a number of video's this is the way I will try it.

  • Thank you for the Karen K Buckley scissors recommendation. I got a pair and have used (and loved!) mine since watching this video two years ago. Thanks!!!!!

  • I love it! love it! love it! My Mother used to make appliqued quilts. It looked SO time consuming and SO fussy! I had no intention of ever doing that. However, I sure do love shapes, especially hearts. This really woke me up about trying a new way to make shapes easily. Yours turned out perfect. Thanks for the nudge to give it a try.

  • Great video! I would like to suggest that you could keep a small dish of cold water on your table that you can use to cool your fingers in when you're ironing. Dip them then blot the water off.

  • OH THANKS sooo much for this, I haven't been quilting that long & always try to avoid any applique work; recently my sister asked if I would make her a quilt with hearts, so I AM def going to try this.

  • Great video!!  Thank you so much Kimberly and Joanna!  Videos like this can be better than being in a class.  I can go back and watch parts that I need to see again.  Thanks again.

  • Joanne, I am making a butterfly and a flower with your appliqué technique. I have the butterfly done and working on the flower.
    Thank you for your clear, easy to follow directions.
    I love your classes on Bluprint. You are one of my favorite instructor.
    In the 50’s tying knots “your mess way” was how we were all taught to tie knots. So it is not a “mess” technique, it is a vintage technique.
    Have a great sewing day from California

  • I am interested in the quilt hanging behind you….I would love to purchase the pattern. Can you tell me the name of it please. Also, found the tutorial using starch very interesting and would love to try it. Thank you, Shirley Pratt

  • Thank you for showing us how to do this it so lovely I am new at paper peiceing very good tips going to try your tricks out all the best donna from Canada

  • Another great video. I haven’t tried appliqué yet so maybe now I will have the courage. Thanks Fat Quarter Shop.

  • Hello. Thank you for this tutorial. I am a beginner so I have been playing it several times. Do you hand sow the applique instead of machine sewing it? I am trying to learn how to applique on a potholder that I'm making for a Christmas present and some of the other videos I've watched are machine sewing it. I'm still learning and trying to figure all this out. 😊

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